[sf-lug] linux/amiga

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Sat Mar 17 19:44:33 PDT 2007

Quoting jim stockford (jim at well.com):

> seems fluff-heavy, but may be interesting to amigites.

Summary, to spare readers the time and annoyance value:  Reporter is
desparate for something publishable with deadline looming, decides to
dig into the slush pile of reader comments, and has a go at the
time-honoured "Let's laugh tolerantly at the latest software cult"
story.  If you do it right, you can re-use the standard template,
filling in blanks using a few tailored references -- editorial madlibs.

And then that trolls the targeted software group's less wary members
into sending incensed letters to the editor, furnishing new material and
page hits.  Cycle repeats, like a wind-up toy -- less work than being a
Herbalife dealer.

Author James Cornelius and and the site "tech.blorg.com: PC and
lifestyle technology" don't seem to do this sort of thing as
bread-and-butter, the way ZDNet's professional trolling initiative
"AnchorDesk" does, but the place _does_ seem a little low-rent and

Cheers,     "There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a 
Rick Moen   little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider
rick at linuxmafia.com  price only are this man's lawful prey." - J. Ruskin (attr.)

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